Baltimore Orioles' Ryan Flaherty follows the flight of his RBI single off Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Joel Peralta during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Orioles Matt Wieters scored on the play. (AP)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Steve Pearce hit a two-run homer, Ubaldo Jimenez won his second straight start and the Baltimore Orioles completed a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays with a 3-1 victory Thursday night.
Pearce's second homer in three days came off David Price after J.J. Hardy's double in the second inning.
Playing first base in place of injured slugger Chris Davis, Pearce also made an outstanding stretch to catch a throw from Hardy that completed an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the fifth.
Rays manager Joe Maddon challenged the call, but the ruling that Pearce had kept his foot on the bag was confirmed after a 2-minute review.
Nick Markakis extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single in the third.